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Patient Advocacy Group Distributes Wallet Cards to Help Protect Patients from Medication Switching
Date:5/12/2010

d may confuse patients causing them to make uninformed decisions that could be harmful to their health," said Dr. Larry Seiden, an Atlanta Neurologist. "This card will help educate patients about the possibility of drug switching and will encourage them to advocate for themselves at their doctors office and at the pharmacy counter.  As a physician, I welcome a tool that aims to strengthen the physician-patient relationship and am proud to be sending the cards to every member of the Georgia Neurology Association."

The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia hopes the cards will help members like Claudia Woodruff, an epilepsy patient that was impacted by this practice. "My anti-seizure medications prescription was switched without my consent, my physician's consent, and without any warning to me. As a result, I had 3 seizures within 7 days after I had been seizure free for several years," said Woodruff. "I understand the need to control costs, but the change in medication with no warning could have cost much to others and to me. I'm thankful these cards are being made available to encourage people to think twice before accepting medication changes when their health plan or pharmacist suggests a switch."

Over the next few months over 5,000 wallet cards will be distributed to health care providers and patients. The card will also be available to everyone on the GA Epilepsy Foundation website www.epilepsyga.org.

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